Banding and Re-sighting

Why do we band birds?

Bird banding data are useful in conservation, research, and management projects. Being able to identify individual birds makes it possible to study life-span and survival rates, dispersal and migration, estimate reproductive success and population growth, as well as look at behavior and social structure.

Location of Bands

Color bands can be seen on the upper left or right leg of Reddish Egrets. The color, code, and type of band are all important to accurately identify the bird. This page will address how to determine the position, type, and color of bands.

How can you help, you ask?

Please be on the lookout for “color-banded” Reddish Egrets along the Gulf of Mexico coastline (Louisiana, Texas, Mexico) as well as Pacific Coast of Mexico. In 2006, we initiated a color-banding program for Reddish Egrets nestlings along the Texas coast. From 2006 – 2007, we banded nestlings with orange vinyl tags that attached to the USGS aluminum band on the leg of the bird. The orange tags have an alphanumeric code stenciled on the tag (e.g. A27). In 2008, we begin banding nestlings with colored plastic bands with alphanumeric codes. If you observe one of these “tagged” individuals, please record the location, date, and alphanumeric code (if possible) and any additional information you deem important. Then, let us know what you saw by filling out this report form.